MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA
After dropping the first game of a twilight doubleheader against the Boxers of Pacific Union, the Menlo offense exploded for 10 runs in a dominating 10-1 shellacking to salvage the twin bill split.
The first game saw Oaks' starting pitcher Sean Sweeney suffer his first loss of the season to move his record to 5-1, however the sophomore from Sonoma was dealing nonetheless. Sweeney pitched lights out through the first six innings, allowing only one unearned run as the Oaks trailed 1-0 heading into the top of the seventh. In the frame Sweeney gave up a two run home run to Boxers' catcher Scott Rowland to give Pacific the 3-0 advantage. Menlo would stage somewhat of a comeback in the bottom of the inning to cut the score to 3-2, but that would be all, as the Oaks went hitless over the final two innings in the Boxers' 4-2 victory. Pacific's Rob Dittrick picked up his sixth win of the season by tossing six shutout innings of three hit ball.
The nightcap of the doubleheader featured an offensive onslaught as the Menlo bashed their way to 10 runs. Right fielder Joel Hull, left fielder Collin Forgey, and shortstop Chris Mazza led the charge with two hits each as the Oaks jumped out to an early 5-1 lead off Pacific starter Dustin Christensen, who picked up his first loss of the season. On the rubber for the Oaks, starting pitcher Derek Martinez continued his stellar 2011 campaign with his second straight win to bump his record to 5-3. Martinez threw six innings of two hit ball, while allowing just one run and striking out an impressive eight Boxers' hitters.
With the doubleheader split the Oaks now have an overall record of 15-10 as they go for the series victory against Pacific, tomorrow March 27 at Saint Francis High School. The first game is set to get underway at 11am with Menlo ace Adam Koontz expected to take the mound.